For the first time in decades, dozens of people participated in “piping out” the summer with a Labor Day musical parade down the Rehoboth Boardwalk. The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society brought the tradition back for the first time since 1999.
Piping Out is thought to have been originated in the mid- to late 1950s by the late bandleader Sammy Ferro, whose orchestra played for dances held at the old Henlopen Hotel. At the last dance of the summer on Labor Day, Ferro would take his band “to the boards” followed by his audience, and then lead a spontaneous musical parade down the Boardwalk to the vicinity of Dolle’s popcorn stand at Rehoboth Avenue. Ferro led the Piping Out until 1999.